Judge dismisses part of Romo-linked firm's claim against NFL

In this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 photo, Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo talks with teammates on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Arlington, Texas. A judge has dismissed a major element of a lawsuit filed against the NFL by a company partly owned by Romo over a canceled fantasy football event. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
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DALLAS (AP) A judge has dismissed a major element of a lawsuit filed against the NFL by a company partly owned by Tony Romo over a canceled fantasy football event.

After a hearing Monday in Dallas, state District Judge Carl Ginsberg dismissed a claim by Fan Expo LLC that the NFL intimidated players with threats of fines and suspensions if they participated in what the league called a gambling-related event.

Fan Expo attorney Julie Pettit says no decision has been made on an appeal. Meantime, she says Fan Expo's breach-of-contract claim against the NFL is still pending trial.

The Texas-based company claims the NFL initially approved the event by allowing some members of league-owned media outlets to participate. The subsequent NFL decision forced the cancellation of last July's convention in Las Vegas.